Strawberry Geranium Question

Metrowest, MA(Zone 6a)

I got a few of these on Ebay last year from a lady in GA that I have been buying plants from for about a year now. I planted them last year and forgot about them. A couple of months back they started coming up and what was a couple of small sprigs has now turned into about 4 or 5. Do any of you guys have exprience with these? I have seen here that they can make a great groundcover but I am unsure on how to "encourage" them to do this. Right now I have only been brave enough to have them in 2 of my raised gardens that get part sun and they seem to like it.

I will post pics of them later when I get home.

Thanks
Mel

Ayrshire Scotland, United Kingdom

Hi Mel, I dont recognise the name of your geranium, there are hundreds,
but I am going with the perennial type, so these normaly multiply themselve, it takes a couple of years before they will cover a whole bed, but believe me, in about 5 years, you will prob need to thin them out, over here in UK after the flowers fade, I cut the tops off like giving a haircut, and before the summer ends, they send up a second flowering, they are really lovely plants and as tough as old boots. I give a feed around the plants autumn time and they just bloom their heads of the next year, you can split up the clumps if you like and this will spread the plants out as they multiply anyway. good luck WeeNel.

Tampa, FL(Zone 10a)

Melly,

Your plant is Strawberry Begonia, Strawberry Geranium, Roving Sailor
Saxifraga stolonifera, see it here> http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/53215/

You can read the comments sections in plant piles.

Sounds like it is doing fine for you. I am surprised it is growing so far north. You might want to give it a mulch in winter or plant more of the babies in a protected location.

Good luck with it.

Metrowest, MA(Zone 6a)

Thanks guys. You know I didnt even check to see the zones it does well in. Hoping that they will be able to make it through the winter.

Metrowest, MA(Zone 6a)

Bumping up my old thread with an update. We have had quite a bit of snow here starting back in Dec. The past couple of times it has melted I have gone out and checked out what if any little green there is left in my gardens. To my surprise these plants which only have a layer of leafs on top of them continue to thrive. They are in a lightly shaded raised garden next to my house. Hoping that they make it through this crazy weather!
I have considered digging some of them up and seeing how they do inside since I here that in some cases they do well as house plants.

This message was edited Feb 4, 2008 12:05 PM

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